Chael Sonnen On Khabib/Conor Brawl: "I Loved It"

The Bellator heavyweight said the post-fight brawl between the McGregor and Nurmagomedov camps was "complete entertainment"

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October 09, 2018 - 6:57 pm

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Bellator heavyweight fighter Chael Sonnen dropped by CBS Sports Radio to discuss his upcoming match with Fedor Emelianenko, among other topics, but first we had to get his take on the post-fight brawl that erupted between the McGregor and Nurmagomedov camps at UFC 229 this past Saturday.

“I loved it,” Sonnen said in studio on Tiki and Tierney. “Complete entertainment.”

After Khabib beat Conor, he celebrated by attacking McGregor’s coach, Dillon Danis. UFC President Dana White immediately condemned the violence, but Brandon Tierney wondered if that was genuine. After all, isn’t the brawl great for marketing and selling a potential rematch?

“No, he has a history – and he is very consistent,” Sonnen said. “He does hate those kinds of things. But he lets the correct authorities play it out. In this case, it’s the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and there’s going to be some hefty punishments and Dana won’t interfere.”

Tiki Barber, though, wondered if White at least enabled this brawl, especially considering that UFC played up the Khabib-Conor rivalry so much during promotions.

“I don’t think so,” Sonnen said. “This one was pretty unique. People might expect it to happen in MMA, but it really doesn’t. I’ll just remind you, but in football and baseball and basketball, they clear the benches, too.”

This one, however, was different.

“If you leave the field, it’s a totally different thing, and that’s what happened here,” Sonnen said. “No, I don’t think Dana White enabled it, but it’s never happened where somebody left the field, which is the octagon. It’s never happened. There was no plan for that. There was no security for that. It’s never happened. . . . I think (Khabib) just lost his cool. I think it was temporary insanity.”